Federal Election experts profiled in York University’s new Experts Guide


York University launches a new Experts Guide today, featuring a long list of experts on the federal election, and on many other topics in the news.

The Experts Guide offers profiles of about 200 subject-matter experts from a wide range of disciplines at York, and faculty members are adding their profiles daily.

The Experts Guide has been designed for members of the media who are seeking academic and research expertise for their stories. It enables media to search with a keyword option or by last name. It also includes a dropdown list of 63 general areas of expertise, offering expertise on subject areas often in the news, from a wide range of academic disciplines.

Included in York experts’ profiles are key areas of expertise and other information including links to research, previous media coverage, videos and more.

Media Relations will move York experts to the front page of the guide as their subject matter expertise relates to topics in the news.

As always, staff in Media Relations are available to help members of the media find the experts they need, or to arrange for broadcast media to do double-ender interviews with York experts from York’s MEDIA STUDIO. For assistance finding an expert, please call our general line, 416 736 5585 or email media@yorku.ca.

Questions about the guide itself should be directed to Media Relations Advisor Janice Walls at 416 736 2100, ext. 22101, or wallsj@yorku.ca.

York University experts on the federal election

Dennis Pilon − Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Political campaigns and platforms, federal ridings in play, voting systems and democracy, voter turnout, indigenous voters.

Robert MacDermid − Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Election and party financing, voting behaviour, polling, and campaign strategies.

Marcel Martel – Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Federal election and political parties in Quebec; refugees, public policy, and political parties; parties' positions on legalization of marijuana. (Interviews available in English and French).

Fuyuki Kurasawa – Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Impact of Toronto and Ontario on the results of the federal election; races in downtown Toronto ridings; parties’ strategies to appeal to voters in Toronto and in Québec; impact of C-51.

Ian Roberge – Department of Political Science, Glendon College
Federal election race; key ridings and provinces; the race in Quebec. (Interviews available in English and French)

Christina Clark-Kazak – Department of International Studies, Glendon College, and The Centre for Refugee Studies
Canadian refugee policy; Canada's position within global refugee policy; Canadian funding to humanitarian issues, including refugees. (Interviews available in English and French)

Sean Rehaag – Osgoode Hall Law School
Refugee determination system and laws

Susan McGrath – School of Social Work, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and Centre for Refugee Studies
Campaign commitments on refugee issues.

Alan Middleton – Schulich School of Business
Marketing and advertising as part of the federal election campaigns.

Amin Mawani – Schulich School of Business
Tax issues, including small business tax cuts. (available for print media interviews only).

Mark Winfield – Faculty of Environmental Studies
Energy and climate change policy; clean technology/CleanTech sector development/industrial/economic strategy; environment and natural resources policy; environmental, energy and economic platforms of the parties; role of the Green Party.

James McKellar – Schulich School of Business
Infrastructure and cities

Roger Keil – Faculty of Environmental Studies
Infrastructure for cities and suburbs, urban environmental issues.
Stephen Gaetz – Faculty of Education, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Solutions to homelessness, need for Housing First policy, election promises related to social housing.

Valerie Preston – Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Immigration, housing and labour markets.

James Laxer – Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
NDP shift to centre, campaign promises related to Canada's role internationally.

Greg Albo – Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Role of the Left in Canadian politics, campaign promises and social services, NDP and Green Party election platforms.

Thomas Klassen Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Campaign promises about pension and income security, unemployment insurance, older workers, seniors as a voting segment (Email and Skype interviews only)

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 52,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.
Media Contact:
Janice Walls, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 2100 x22101 / wallsj@yorku.ca